Did The Government Target Aaron Swartz Over His Role In Defeating SOPA?

Did U.S. authorities hound Reddit co-founder and internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz to his death due to his role in the defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act, and his possible connections to WikiLeaks? Russia Today writes:

Aaron Swartz became a political target, and that is what led to his tragic death, believes web tycoon Kim Dotcom, the founder of the now-defunct file-storage site Megaupload. “There is no reasonable cause behind going after a young genius like him in the fashion they did,” says Dotcom.

Swartz’s death in suicide on January 11 has resonated in the media across the world. It became known that in 2011, US federal prosecutors charged Swartz with a series of counts under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, crimes that could have sent him away to prison for upwards of 35 years if convicted…

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  • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

    Was it political? Schucks… I don’t know. Is that a rhetorical question? According to the Massachusetts Sentencing Guidelines “Violent and repetative rape of a child with force” carries a sentence of 216 months = 18 yrs.

    According to the DA, Swartz should have served 30 yrs ( ! ) of his life for potentially, someday in the future publishing scientific journals, which in any sane society would be public domain.

    • http://twitter.com/JannicaBalore Jannica Balore

      I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that’s cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do, Fox79.comONLY

    • Apathesis

      Massachusetts loves its pedophiles. The state can’t be bothered to punish the real monsters.

  • http://twitter.com/anarcho anarcho

    Some of this is recorded on my site, but there was more than an overzealous criminal justice system hunting for Aaron Swartz. The Secret Service was involved, as well as MIT itself (beneficiary of many “government’ programs, money). However, there is more than this involved, all one has to do is seeing the Six Million plus people under “correctional supervision,” more people than those who were victims of Stalin at the height of his reign. Follow the link below, and you disagree tell me why?

    http://notinhisname.blogdrive.com

  • BuzzCoastin

    the criminal justice system of Der Homeland
    is aptly named
    criminal justice

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